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ZenView – Benevolence

Mary Layton

Do you know that song “Show me what love is“? Just heard it again the other day on AGT. Pets, no doubt, are the best in showing us what love is. Thank God for them. But when it comes to relationships with humans many of us wonder what love is, how to find it, how to keep it. We have been told that the prerequisite of being able to love another person is first to be able to love oneself. Not an easy task. I had this inkling that the path to love would be helped a lot by a willingness to be doing good to others. I started to think about benevolence, a disposition and desire to do good. To be benevolent takes strength and energy. I think when we are feeling cranky kindness is hard to come by, so is the ability to listen and respect other people’s choices.

What takes our strength away? I believe it is what we have been focusing on in our thoughts. Maybe we have been condemning ourselves or others for their imperfections, may be we have been impatient or had unrealistic expectations, tried to force a certain outcome or fix someone else’s problems, or may be we worked too hard or been too busy. All these things can make a person loose sight of the goodness and love in their lives. Being kind and forgiving, helping people and good causes on the other hand, does feel really wonderful. One day at a time, moment to moment; Awareness and willingness to do good to ourselves and others can turn things around for the better. All we need is Love! (The Beatles)

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Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.